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18 AdventShorts: Interview with Sophia Danenberg - first ever African American to summit Everest
Today I’m here with Sophia Danenberg, the first ever African American to summit Mount Everest. She did that in 2007, but I only recently learned of Sophia, and that she lives in the same town as me - Seattle - when reading the fantastic interview by Melanin Base Camp blogger, Adam Mitchell

In the interview, Adam went deep, asking Sophia hard questions about what it was like being a woman climber, and in Sophia’s case a woman climber who is also a person of color. Sophia talked about her personal experiences, some heartwarming, like how people outside of the USA celebrated and encouraged her in her climbing pursuits, but other experiences sat uncomfortably with me like how she encountered barriers to joining her local mountaineering organization and the perspective that being a dirtbag climber is not an option for many people of color. 

Sophia’s candid interview on Melanin Base Camp touched on some real-world struggles surrounding race and sex in the climbing world, and it is because of her bravery and willingness to open this discussion and share her personal experiences that we at Boldly Went have selected her as our Adventurer of the Week.


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